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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Three H Towns of Denmark’s Nordsjælland

Travel the World at Frederiksborg Castle Hillerød Denmark

Nordsjælland, or North Zealand, is the area of Denmark just north of Copenhagen and Roskilde.  This area is popular with day trippers from Copenhagen as there are a number of famous and important attractions.  We visited Nordsjælland’s three H towns, Hillerød, Helsingør, and Humlebæk for castles, history, and art. 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Finding Fun and Friends at Belize’s Cerros Beach Resort

Lounging by Corozal Bay at Cerros Beach Resort Belize
Lounging on the shores of Corozal Bay at Cerros Beach Resort.
Have you ever had an experience while traveling that kind of changed your life?  Not something huge like finding your soul mate or losing a limb.  Rather a tiny experience that you never would have seen coming, never would have thought would make a difference, but that you remembered forever.  We had such an experience when we stayed at Cerros Beach Resort in Belize and met Bill and Jennifer Bellerjeau. 

So what drew me to Cerros Beach Resort in the first place?  The description in my Lonely Planet Belize guidebook caught my attention.  First of all, it said Cerros Beach Resort was the authors’ “new favorite spot in northern Belize.”  You can’t argue with favorite.  Then it described thatched-roof cabanas in local style along the shore of Corozal Bay.  I’m a sucker for cabanas and ocean views.  Then there was the part about the owner being a former pastry chef from Miami who makes the best ceviche and chocolate cake in the world.  As you know, I love food.  Oh, and then there was the price; $40 per night (rates are $40 to $60 depending on the time of year). 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Epic Hikes Along Kauai's Na Pali Coast

Kalalau Trail Na Pali Coast Hike Kauai Hawaii
Na Pali Coast views from the 1/4 mile marker of the Kalalau Trail.
Kauai is a nature lover’s paradise.  Travelers to Kauai will spend very little if any time indoors during the day and instead will be exploring the great outdoors.  Kauai’s outdoor activities include snorkeling, fishing, golfing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and more.  We love hiking in Hawaii, and Kauai has two epic Na Pali Coast hikes for active travelers to enjoy. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hotel Review: Roskilde’s Hotel Prindsen

Hotel Prindsen Roskilde Denmark

While Roskilde is visited frequently on daytrips from Copenhagen because of its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Roskilde Cathedral, not many travelers to Denmark stay in Roskilde overnight.  I personally believe travelers who skip overnighting in Roskilde are missing out (see my 5 reasons why you should visit Roskilde).  Because of the shortage of overnight visitors, Roskilde doesn’t have many hotels from which to choose.  But one of Roskilde’s hotels, Hotel Prindsen, makes the lack of choices okay, because Hotel Prindsen is where you will want to stay. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Touring Kauai's Na Pali Coast with Napali Catamaran

Na Pali Coast with Napali Coast Catamaran Kauai Hawaii

One of the activities we love to do in Hawaii is snorkel.  The water is warm.  The fish are colorful.  If you’re lucky you’ll get to see a turtle.  But when we visited Kauai over nine years ago we had bad luck with our snorkeling.  The water was cloudy and rough and we didn’t see many fish.  We didn’t want that to happen again, so we decided to join Napali Catamaran's snorkeling tour in hopes we would be taken to better snorkeling spots than we had found on our own.  Plus we had seen Kauai's Na Pali Coast by air and by land, and this would be a good chance to see it in a third way, by water. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hotel Review: Living in the Lap of Luxury at Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons

Marriott's Kauai Lagoons Pool Hawaii

Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons’ accommodations are luxurious with a capital “L.”  But the luxury experienced at Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons isn’t the kind of highbrow luxury with silk curtains, butler service and tea and crumpets served at noon.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of luxury, but it would probably be a little at odds with the hang loose lifestyle of Kauai.  A villa at the Kauai Lagoons is more like a home away from home, except your home has a wall of folding glass doors that open the living room to an ocean view, sounds of the island, and an occasional chicken pecking in the lawn. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Roskilde

Absalon's Arch Roskilde Cathedral Denmark
Absalon's Arch of Roskilde Cathedral.
When people talk about traveling to Denmark, they usually mean Copenhagen.  Don’t get me wrong, Copenhagen is an awesome city and I loved every minute there.  But when I was researching our trip to Denmark, I read about Roskilde, and I felt kind of sorry for Roskilde.  Why would somebody stay in Roskilde when Copenhagen is so close by?  The more I read about Roskilde, the more I felt sure Roskilde would actually make a really good home-base for some of our Denmark travels.  So even with its close proximity to Copenhagen, we decided to give Roskilde a try, and I’m glad we did.